Discussion in 'Single Subject Tests' started by nasimi77, Nov 28, 2006.
Jan 15, 2018
Should, yes. Or collage, or printmaking, or something in textiles, or set design, or...
Jan 22, 2018
glassgirl maybe you can answer my question since you took the test very recently(or if anyone else knows that would be very helpful) the form that is submitted with the portfolio asks for an ID number that is also supposed to be written on the back of the photos- where do we get that? My test is Friday and I haven't been able to figure that out or get through to the help number from the test website.
Jan 23, 2018
It's probably your test taker ID number. If you got an email confirming your enrollment/registration, it's likely to be in that.
I went back and looked at my CBEST there is an ID # there that is also in my registration for the CSET referred to as an ID # I think that is what it must be. In the sample form there is a number with dashes in it and the number I have has none so it worried me that I didn't know what my number was but I am pretty sure it is the only number I have been given anywhere referred to as my ID #
I don't know if its the same number for the CBEST, so I'd look around and see if you can confirm its the same number attached to the CSET somewhere- either in an e-mail or in your account on the site. Sorry I can't be more specific, I remember worrying about the same thing, and I just checked everything.
I've been lurking this thread for a week or so now and I have a few questions.
so I'm taking the test in March, I'm not sure what I should be studying. I bought the Annotated Mona Lisa and I've been following the Art Subject Matter Requirements from the CSET website. I am not too worried about the portfolio. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should be studying? I've heard that the study guide is of no help. I'm not completely sure if I'm studying the right material. Also, if you have any tips that would really help.
Jan 25, 2018
Pearson returned my email and confirmed the ID. It is the same ID number on my CBEST and emailed with the CSET registration info. Once you are in the system it seems like the ID remains attached to you. Thank you for responding!
A few art teachers at one of the schools where I am working told me the most important thing is the Elements of Art and Principles of Design that you can apply that in all the constructed response questions. I am taking it tomorrow. I have searched through this forum over the last several months and there are lots of tips on what to study. If you go to youtube and search the phrase:cset art preparation. there are some good playlists on there. I have just been searching any materials,mediums, art history I am not familiar with from the practice test plus anything else I can find. I will have to let you know after tomorrow how useful it all was Teacher Groupie in this forum has also given helpful links and tips if you search the handle + cset art you should get a lot of useful info.
You're welcome, Liz. And let me wish you, not good luck, but good hunting tomorrow.
Jan 26, 2018
Hi everyone! What a great thread this is.
I am taking the test in March and I am looking at the portfolio requirements now. I am thinking oil paint for my concentration and then photography (Does this need to be highly edited or would some documentary style photos work?), drawing and printmaking (either drypoint or woodcut - possibly mixed media). Is that varied enough?
Jan 27, 2018
Welcome to A to Z, Mcoit.
You ask a good question. My cautious guess is that I *think* you'd be fine - but that it would be a very good idea to imagine that someone friendly but determined is challenging you on how different these really are and to spend some time mulling over how you could respond.
I used macro photography for my breadth and I am also using oil painting for the concentration. The manual gives an example of sufficient breadth where oil painting is the concentration and ceramics, digital photography and drawing are the breadth. I would imagine woodcut is comparable to a drawing. If you have anything 3 dimensional that might round it out a bit more. I just took it yesterday so I can't say much for how they scored me.
also as far as editing I edit my nature photography very minimally-cropping and minor contrast editing but did describe how I did it in lightroom and the rationale behind the editing choices I made
there is a series from PBS on youtube called Art Assignment. It was very useful to brush up on a variety of things from land art, installation art, a little art history etc It helped me on the test. Do everything in the practice test it is a good model for what is expected. Know art periods and the social circumstances around them, study any art mediums you may not know about, memorize the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. Look into theorists on art education.
Pretty sure there could be any era of art everyone's experience will be different to because our areas of interest in art history may be different. My favorites are surrealism, pre-Raphaelite, Dutch Masters, Renaissance, book illustration so if the questions were those I could do quite well but not so much if it is abstract expressionism, formalism, performance art etc my knowledge is surface level and only includes the most famous works in those areas.
I would think of it as knowing the art movements through out history and what motivated them then you can make an educated guess if someone is mentioned you don't know. It tells you in the prep materials to know about indigenous art, that would be worth looking into. Really you could get asked about any artist from anywhere in the world I am assuming everyone's test questions are not identical some may come down to luck as far as if you know who they are or not. I think best advice is study the underlying concepts in different genres/eras and you will be able to apply it to any art you're shown and select the best answer.
I just did it yesterday and really found subtest II more manageable it was more to do with making art and that is the area I am more interested in process, materials describing my own work. Take the questions on the portfolio and attempt to at least make a list of what you will say about your work so you are not entirely improvising on the spot(unless that brings out your best writing but for me I do better having made a list and thought it out). Okay before I write a novel I will wrap this up. I hope that this helps you the studying process made me feel very lost and nervous.
Hugs, Liz. I tend to be cautious about this sort of thing, but from your description of your process and your responses I'm optimistic on your behalf.
CSET scorers tend to look kindly on what we could rather flippantly call "intelligent BS", by which I mean the answer that one doesn't actually know but that one supports using the terminology and principles and processes of the field. The test taker who's faced with, say, a mask from Senegal can get pretty far by analyzing it in terms of design principles, the elements of visual art, and the interplay of two-dimensional vs. three-dimensional processes and products.
Jan 28, 2018
Does it really take until the release date, for me that would be 6 weeks, or is it possible I will find out earlier if I passed? I saw something mentioned about finding out before receiving official results. It is going to be so hard to wait until March to find out.
For CSET, the advertised release date is the release date. Hugs.
I've been following this post since I began studying for my CSETs. I passed the Subtest 1 with high scores, and I'm taking the Subtest II in February.
After reading this thread, I'm worried that my choice of media may not be considered broad enough.
For my concentration I'm submitting 3 abstract watercolors from a body of work that evolved over time.
For my breadth, I was planning to submit one assemblage/sculpture piece, one ink and crayon drawing, and one collage.
The collage is mostly cut paper from magazine imagery, but I did draw a teeny bit onto it with pencil. Is this enough to make them disqualify it as a drawing?
Should I submit a digital color photograph instead?
BTW, Thank you for sharing your experience, here, it has been very supportive and helpful along the way!
Bear in mind first that I am not associated with Pearson or with grading CSET Art: what you get here is my educated guesses.
With that said, ProcessGirl, I think your breadth and depth choices are fine. Just think about how your sculpture/assemblage makes different demands in approach and process than does your collage (the bit of line drawing might actually help), and make sure that some sense of those differences leaks into your constructed response.
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